As part of its Digital Business Plan, the Australian Government announced the implementation of the Modernising Business Registry (MBR) Program. This included introducing the new mandatory Director Identification Number (DIN/Director ID), with the roll out starting from November 2021.
It is now a legal requirement for all new and existing Directors to hold a unique 15 digit identifier that you will need to apply for once and keep forever.
Only one DIN will be issued to each individual, once their identification has been verified. The issued DIN remains the same even if they stop being a company director, change their name or move overseas.
This applies to Directors of a company, body corporate or corporation. Directors of corporate trustees of self-managed super funds and of family trusts will need to apply. You do not need to apply if you are a partner in a Partnership.
Directors must apply for their Director ID themselves. No one can apply on their behalf, including registered agents and accountants.
The introduction of a DIN is intended to provide accountability and traceability of a director’s relationship over time, across all companies and provides information on a director’s involvement in any unlawful activities. It is intended to create a fairer business environment.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A DIN:
- Directors need to apply online at ABRS website using the MyGovID app.
The online application form takes minutes to complete, and the Director ID is issued instantly. It is free to apply.
For information on how to set up a MyGovID, please go to https://www.mygovid.gov.au/set-up
If you can’t get a MyGovID then you can apply:
- Via telephone – phone 13 62 50 between 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.
You will need to provide 1 primary document e.g full birth certificate or passport, and 1 secondary document e.g. driver’s licence or Medicare card.
- Via paper application – phone 13 62 50 to request a paper application be sent to you, or contact our office.
You will need to provide certified copies of 1 primary document e.g full birth certificate or passport, and 2 secondary documents e.g driver’s licence or Medicare card. Mail the form to: Australian Business Registry Service, Locked Bag 6000, ALBURY NSW 2640. It can take up to 28 days for your application to be processed.
You must have obtained a DIN by 30 November 2022.
For further information on applying for a DIN, please refer to: https://www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number